Adding an Overlay

An Overlay object is a picture that is draped over the terrain. For example, you could import a blueprint of a house and trace over the exterior using the House tool. This can help you design more quickly and with a greater degree of accuracy.

To add an overlay:

1.   Import the picture you want to use as an overlay using the Picture Import Wizard.

2.   From the Utilities tab, click Add Overlay.

3.   Click the picture of the default overlay that appears to the right of the screen, and then select the overlay that you recently imported from the menu that appears.

4.   Click to place the overlay.

5.   Position and resize the overlay as needed. To size the overlay accurately, click Resize using Known Distance.


Below is an example of a simple floor plan that was added using the overlay object.

In the design below, a house has been created using the overlay as a template.


    In Realtime Landscaping Architect, you can also import overlays in DWG, DXF, and PDF format using the CAD Import Wizard.

    You can import a satellite image of your property as an overlay using the Satellite Picture Import Wizard.

    An Overlay must first be imported before it can be added to your landscape design. Pictures can be imported using the Picture Import Wizard.

    Overlays appear in the Plan and Perspective views as well as during Realtime Walkthroughs. If you want to hide an Overlay during a walkthrough, uncheck the Show in Realtime Walkthrough option.

    When you have finished tracing over your Overlay, you can either delete it or hide it. All Overlays in your landscape design can be hidden at once using the Show/Hide Objects dialog. Another option is to place the Overlay in a hidden layer; see Using Layers for details.

See also:

Overlay Properties

Setting Object Properties

CAD Import Wizard

Satellite Picture Import Wizard

Snap Settings

Selecting Objects

Selecting Points

Editing Objects

Picture Import Wizard

Adding a Linear Dimension